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Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Will my facial hair grow back after radiation therapy?

Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doctors use imrt for head and neck cancers. This distributes the radiation widely and therefore less dose directly to the skin versus older methods. Often in this case the hair will grow back but sometimes more sparsely. ...Read more

Facial Hair (Definition)

Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more


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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually takes 3 weeks to notice hair growth, but several months to "regain" your hair. ...Read more

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How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for facial hair to grow back after radiation?

How long does it takes for facial hair to grow back after radiation?

Weeks to months.: If you have radiation for 'head & neck' cancer, facial hair might take weeks to months to grow back. It is possible too that facial hair might not ever regrow. ...Read more

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If a 2year old girl accidently used a razor on her face once, will her facial hair grow back the way it was or thicker? Thank you so much in advance

If a 2year old girl accidently used a razor on her face once, will her facial hair grow back the way it was or thicker? Thank you so much in advance

Way it was: Only with repeated shaving does the hair grow back thicker after stimulation of the hair follicles repeatedly. A one time shave in a 2 year old is not going to change anything. ...Read more

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If I shave does my facial hair grow back thicker and faster?

If I shave does my facial hair grow back thicker and faster?

No: Hair is dead. It does not know if you are cutting it or not. Neither does your body. It is an old wives tale that started because when young boys became men and started shaving, their hair got thicker due to testosterone increases, not shaving. Short hair can feel stiffer but that is a mechanical issue, it just feels stiffer, it is not thicker. ...Read more

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Does burnt facial hair grow back normally?

Does burnt facial hair grow back normally?

Yes: If the hair itself is burnt, new hair will grow in it's place unless the burn was deep enough to cause damage to the underlying hair root. ...Read more

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What is it in radiation therapy that makes a person lose their hair?

What is it in radiation therapy that makes a person lose their hair?

Cellular division: Radiation stops the rapid division of cancer cells but also shuts down the growth of hair follicles, and sweat glands, and the cells that make up the lining of the gut. ...Read more

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Will my hair fall out during radiation therapy?

Will my hair fall out during radiation therapy?

In area treated: You will lose hair only in the area that is being directly treated. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy make your hair fall out?

Does radiation therapy make your hair fall out?

Yes, In area treated: Hair follicles are growing cells. When the hair is radiated the follicle cell stop growing and the hair shaft falls out. Same thing with some chemotherapy drugs. Chemo goes all over so if that type of chemo affects hair then all your hair everywhere falls out. In radiation its the hair that is in the area treated. So for breast cancer for example the arm pit hair on that side will fall out. ...Read more

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Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more

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What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck?

Diet with radiation: Because radiation therapy to head and neck often has a profound effect on the ability to ear, loss of appetite, nausea and subsequent weight loss, the patient must be treated to prevent mal-nutrition. Often a stomach tube is inserted so a nutritious diet can be given during the radiation therapy period. ...Read more

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On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that I ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, I ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that I ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, I ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

GiddyYap, Clyde!!!!!!: Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica ("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders, or as an incidental finding."
So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have. I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more

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Is it normal for my head to swell after radiation therapy?

No: However if your head is noticeably swollen in your face and neck, the doctor needs to evaluate you for superior vena cava syndrome in which the cancer in the chest obstructed the flow out of the neck and head. This can happen even when getting radiation to the chest for lung cancer despite being the treatment for the syndrome as well. Another possibility would be developing venous thrombosis. ...Read more

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What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

Dry mouth: Depending on the radiation field. Dry mouth is very common, hoarseness, and tightening of the skin of the neck. Sometimes difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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My mother has completed head IMRT radiation therapy 3 weeks before. Since last 2 weeks she is not able to swallow even any fluids and water because if severe soar throat and dry mouth. Could you please give any medications for this problem.

Call her doc!: Going through treatment for cancer can be pretty tough. It requires a team effort to make sure any problems due to the treatment are treated or controlled as best as possible, so treatment can continue. Please call the radiation oncologist today, or her PCP so help can be given. Don't be shy, good communication by the patient and family and docs is key to achieving the best results. ...Read more

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Will my beard grow back after radiation therapy?

Will my beard grow back after radiation therapy?

Possibly not: There can be some thining of the hair in the treatment field of radiation. Thining of facial hair after head and neck radiation is a possibility same with hair loss of the scalp after whole brain radiation. ...Read more

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